When the sovereign states decided to create a federal government (yes, it was the states that created the federal government and not the other way around), it was not an open-ended arrangement where the states surrendered all of their powers and authority to the new entity.
It was quite to the contrary.
Only certain, specifically identified powers, called “enumerated powers,” were delegated to the federal government from the states — powers that the Founding Fathers believed were best performed on a national basis, duties like “provide for the common defense,” to coin money, establish uniform immigration laws, “Post Offices,” treaties with foreign nations, to regulate (which does not mean restrict) interstate commerce, and a few others. These powers were clearly listed in Article I, Section 8, of the U.S. Constitution.
James Madison, considered the main author and father of the Constitution, wrote in Federalist #45, regarding the Alleged Danger from the Powers of the Union to the State Governments Considered, the following two sentences that summarize this principle of state sovereignty and a limited federal government:
“The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government, are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite.”
Madison further described the proper role for the soon-to-be federal government versus the unique roles of the individual states:
“The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce; with which last the power of taxation will, for the most part, be connected. The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the State.”
So (let’s forget the politicized decision by the tyrants in black robes who declared Obamacare constitutional — it is not) what does this mean? Would a full single-payer healthcare system like the one proposed in California (which would have more than doubled the entire state budget) be allowed by the U.S. Constitution?
You bet it would — on the state level — but NOT on the national level. If people in California want to more than double their already exorbitant taxes in order to pay for such a system, they are allowed to under the Tenth Amendment, which states, referring to Article I, Section 8:
“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
Nowhere in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution among the enumerated powers are the words, medicine, health care, doctor visits, surgery, healthcare insurance (yes, people got sick in the late 1700’s and there were doctors and medicine), or anything like this even remotely mentioned as a power being transferred by the states to the federal government.
Moreover, taxing one citizen to pay for another’s medical costs, health insurance, or any other wealth distribution or do-gooder scheme is not mentioned in the real, chiseled in stone, Law of the Land.
That is the very kind of meddling that the Founding Fathers were concerned about in creating the federal government. That greedy, self-serving politicians would attempt to use other people’s money to buy the votes of other people by pretending to offer them “free” services on a national level.
Now progressive leftist Democrats and their RINO (Republican-in-Name-Only) brethren will argue absurdly and ignorantly that the “general welfare” clause of the Constitution allows the federal government to do whatever the hell it wants as long as they can throw it into the kitchen sink called “general welfare.”
This is a ridiculous argument because if “general welfare” meant that the federal government could do anything a politician deemed good for the “general welfare,” like free foosball tables for all, or free food and clothing, free cars — the list would be endless — then they should explain why the enumerated powers in Article I, Section 8 were written in the first place.
James Madison himself, the one who wrote the words, straight from the horse’s mouth, explained that the term “general welfare” didn’t mean what today’s greedy politicians think it means — an open-ended pass for them to interfere, tax, regulate, control, and dominate every single decision you make in your daily lives.
So you might say, “Well, this would mean that Social Security — a wealth transfer scheme — Medicaid, Medicare, welfare, and all of the myriad of related federal programs are unconstitutional as well, wouldn’t it?”
Well, yes it would! It’s a dirty little secret no politician wants to admit. They have been violating the “Law of the Land” for the past 100 years under the tyranny of progressivism — communism — that has infiltrated both major political parties.
Whether it’s Obamacare, Trumpcare, RyanCare, McConnellCare, or any other kind of “care,” all involvement of the federal government in your health care — in any manner whatsoever — is unconstitutional. The only argument that should be going on right now is how do we get the government the hell out of health care in a rational manner, not creating another unconstitutional program that will drive America off the deep end financially and end up costing Americans their freedom of giving more power to the tyrants in Washington, D.C.
This is the inconvenient truth no politician in Washington, D.C. will admit. But if they were honest, they would.